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    Local Vs. Domain Permissions

    Yep, Power User or better required for one of the programs (AutoCAD). But we will be upgrading it in a month or so, so that is not that big a deal, as the newer versions do not require any special permissions. However, the other program (billing) outright requires it. Absolutely will not run without admin privileges.
  2. I'm sort of confused here. We have just upgraded to Windows Server 2003/Active Directory from an NT4 domain, and I'm attempting to clean up our permissions structure a bit (old one was a mess). I've been doing a lot of testing and it seems that AD permissions tend to filter down to the local workstation level somewhat, but I'm not sure to what extent. I'm kind of curious as to how some of you other sysadmins lock down your domains, particularly the local workstations. I've got my network shares and servers locked down without a problem, but the issue is on the local workstations: I've been repeatedly finding video games loaded on a few machines. I think someone is coming in on the weekend and bringing their kid with them...grrrr. The catch is that we have two pieces of software that require local Power User/Administrator rights. I might have to resort to warning people off on this one, but thought I'd ask anyway. I'm studying Group Policy and I'm hoping I can tie that in with existing security measures in order to come up with a solution...
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    40gb Of Mystery Data On My Hd.

    You mentioned Norton System Information. Are you using the Norton Protected Recycle Bin? If so, that tends to hide tons of deleted information from you. I ran into a similar situationa few years ago, and it turned out that everthing I had presumably deleted was being saved in NPRB, and it turned out to be a LOT of data.
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    Ms Sasser Vulnerabilty Patch

    Well, you did the intelligent thing by deploying to every machine without testing the patch. Not to every machine, just the two WS2003 servers. I definitely understand the logic behind testing software before it is deployed. Hell, I tested our new billing DBMS software for months before we rolled it out. However, as much as people tell me I screwed up by deploying a patch without testing it, I don't understand how I am supposed to test something that is destined for a server. It is one thing to test something that is to be rolled out to clients only. I have plenty of spare 2k/XP clients on which to load new stuff on the side to see if it blows up or not. But there is but one FSMO and one secondary domain controller here on my network. I have a small lab set up at home, but its structure and usage is of course nothing at all like that of the network at the office.
  5. I awoke this morning to an article on regarding the new Sasser viruses going around. I see on the tech news that it's a Level 4 virus (I can't remember the last time I saw a Level 4), plus the fact that it's on CNN's main page which doesn't calm my nerves any. High damage potential, high distribution potential, high number of intections. Time to do some patching to keep this thing out of the office LAN. So I remoted into the servers at work and installed the update. Sure enough, as soon as I get into the office, I have users left and right who cannot access the domain controller. To make a long story short, the patch seems to have corrupted the DNS service, and therefore Active Directory, Exchange, and half of my other services were dead in the water. Took two hours of rebooting and tweaking to get things started again. Anybody else experience anything like this?
  6. In my studies of RAID technology, it seems apparent that a hot spare drive would be a very welcome (borderlining on necessary) component of any fault-tolerant array. Especially in the event in which downtime is simply not an option, it would give me the ability to basically switch over to the new drive without me having to run out, buy a new drive, hot-add the thing, and do a manual rebuild while the boss breathes down my neck the whole time. We recently built a new file server for the office and the consultant I was working with basically blew off any suggestion of mine that we add a hot spare. We ended up building a RAID 5 array with no spares which is working great, but I can't shake the feeling that a hot spare would save me a lot of panic should an array component ever fail. Does anyone have any firsthand experience either way? Also, let's say I have a 2-drive RAID 1 array with a dedicated hot spare. Does the controller just write data to all 3 drives at the same time, so that the spare may immediately take over for any failed drive, or does it just maintain the spare as a blank drive and then spend the time copying everything to it at failure time? Any comments are appreciated.
  7. I just bought 6 new Dells for my office, all of which have the ICH5 southbridge (the non-RAID version). I reformatted over all the Dell-installed software crap and loaded fresh copies of XP. I downloaded and installed the newest Intel INF drivers for them, but Intel Application Accelerator refuses to install, saying that the hardware is incompatible. This appears to be because the last released version was all the way back in November of 2002, which was long before the ICH5 was even released. I have always thought that the INF utility was mainly for Intel Northbridges and that Application Accelerator was for the Southbridges. So I dissected the Intel INF drivers and discovered that the INF Utility actually covers components on both chips (all MCH components, and the LPC, USB, SMBus, and Ultra ATA controller components on the ICH). My question is: if the INF Utility seeminly covers everything, what do I need Application Accelerator for, and why have they released new versions of it for the ICH5R, but not updated the non-RAID version to cover the ICH5 Standard?
  8. I work in a small office with 3 file servers which collectively have 9 file shares which are mapped to each 2000 or XP workstation throughout the company using a logon script which makes use of the NET USE command. Pretty simple NetBIOS-based stuff. The two main servers are running Windows Server 2003, one of which is a WINS server. The problem is that these shares do not seem to reliably remain connected for very long. At any given time, I'll go to work on a workstation and find the little red 'X' on one or more of the drive shares accompanied by a 'Disconnected Network Drive' warning. I can reconnect just by clicking it in Explorer, but a lot of our apps rely on these shares to be up and running and will crash if they are in the 'Disconnected' state. Has anyone experienced this? Could it be NIC problems, bad cabling, or is NetBIOS just that unstable? I've been throwing around the idea of going with Win2003's Distributed File System, which seems to be a bit cleaner and more robust than the old-school NetBIOS methods. Has anyone worked with Dfs, and if so, could you share your successes and/or problems you've had with it? Thanks!!
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    Scsi Raid Questions

    Lets say I want to create a RAID 5 array on the 68-pin bus on an internal PCI RAID card. For optimal performance, is it better to place all of the drives on a single channel or to split them between the two internal Ultra320 busses? Also, I am looking for an Adaptec PDF titled Adaptec SCSI RAID Software User's Guide that covers the Storage Manager Browser Edition software that comes bundled on a CD with Adaptec SCSI RAID cards. We just got a Dell server that has this controller, but no manual on how to use the software that came with it. I have scoured the Adaptec Support site and can't find it. If anyone has either the Adaptec 2200S or the 2120S and still has the CD, let me know and I'll give you an email address. Thanks!
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    Server Memory Upgrade

    Cool, thanks for the link to Crucial! Hopefully, I won't have any problems with STORE.EXE, as we will be installing Exchange 2003 on Windows Server 2003 Standard. I will let you all know if I do.
  11. I need to increase the RAM in the main server at work: Dell PowerEdge 2400 Dual P3 600MHz Slot 1 Serverworks ServerSet III LE 512MB Crucial PC133 (2 x 256MB Registered, ECC DIMMs) We need to turn it into a mail server and since Exchange gobbles up so much memory, I'm planning on bumping it up to at least 1.5GB, maybe 2GB, which is the chipset limit. My question revolves around the fact that the server is ~3 years old and the memory modules already in it are no longer available. I need to know if I can add dissimilar memory (ie. 512MB sticks vs. 256MB sticks) to what's already in there, or if it's best to just yank what's in there and load a fresh set of identical modules (for instance 3 x 512MB sticks). I've never worked with Registered, ECC modules before and I don't know if the chipset is picky about DIMMs being all the same capacity. All I know is that the ServerSet-series requires Registered, ECC PC133 DIMMs. Any insight/advice is appreciated!
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    I'm Looking For A Good Lcd

    If you want a LCD monitor with a native resolution of 1600x1200, you might have to step up to 20", and with that comes a pretty big jump in price. I recently upgraded to LCD myself and in all the research I did, I never found a monitor made by Dell, Hitachi, Samsung, or Viewsonic that had a native of more than 1280x1024.
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    Hitachi 7k250 200gb Version?

    That is strange. According to the manuals and datasheets, there are no 200GB 7K250s. The SerialATA models have capacities of 80, 120, 160, and 250GB as do the ATA models with the addition of a 40GB unit. Lately, I have not been putting too much stock on the info that retailers list on their websites. Often the model numbers are off, certain specs do not match, and basic info (such as if they even have an item IN STOCK) are left out. The most annoying for me is the fact that they rarely mention warranty info for hard drives. I'd stick with models listed officially on
  14. Internal 4-Way SATA RAID For The XPC Is this the one you're referring to? I've been waiting for more specs on these drives, but the strange thing is that the model number on these drives exactly matches existing Fujitsu parallel ATA 2.5" drives.
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    Help Finding Mobo...

    Searching for boards to meet your exact PCI-X requirements can be very tricky and it is something you really have to read up on. I agree with DogEared that it is best to focus on the chipset, since PCI-X controllers only mate with certain workstation/server northbridges. Personally, I download the user manuals for each motherboard and study the PCI controller and slot specs so that I know exactly what the board is capable of. The thing about PCI-X is that there are many different flavors (clock speeds and bit widths) plus the fact that nearly every motherboard will have a different number and combination of slots/speeds/bit widths. For example, SuperMicro might make two boards, one with two 64bit/100MHz slots and one 64/133, while another similar board might have three 64/100 slots. As far as searching for them on pricing sites, I wouldn't waste my time. I spend a great deal of time on these sites and even a site like PriceGrabber (which has the best search/filter feature) doesn't cover PCI slots.